Author Archives: Sasha

What we need from you

What we need from you isn’t better thinking, more analysis and caveats, the low-probability risks you’ve explored, and how you’ve smoothed the edges. What we need from you is the fearlessness to put your best ideas out in the open, … Continue reading

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Your questions grow up with you

Do I want to be a superhero or drive a firetruck? Do I want to be a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer or a veterinarian? Do I want to be a salesperson, an entrepreneur, an investment banker or a professor? … Continue reading

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Solving big thorny problems

I like to divide big thorny problems (aka “the fun ones”) into three parts: The easy bits Parts that will be hard to get done, that will take a lot of work, but where directionally I have a pretty good … Continue reading

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That’s not what I’d do

You have two options when you hear this from someone you like and respect. Either you decide that their wisdom, experience and perspective bring something to the decision that you didn’t see, and they are right. Or you decide that … Continue reading

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The hard parts

The parts that are uncomfortable The bits that no one else really wants to do The things that make you feel exposed And stretched And outside of your comfort zone The things that make it clear that what you thought … Continue reading

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But that’s what I’d said!

There’s a stage in one’s professional life that is defined by spending our days figuring out right answers. Do this analysis. Value this company. Research this donor. Share your recommended plan of action. This is an important skill to develop … Continue reading

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This Leads to This

We get rapid-fire requests every day, and often end up beating them back with a stick. As in: can you….write a quick response here? ….help this new potential Board Member better understand the program that you run? …meet with this … Continue reading

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